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BCFA Sunday Amateur Cup (previously Sunday Junior Cup) - the history
Since the start of the new millenium, several of the league's participants have enjoyed success in the Birmingham County Football Association's Sunday Amateur Cup.
The Sunday Amateur Cup, formerly known as the Sunday Junior Cup, was first competed for during the 1960/61 season and allows the County member clubs the opportunity to compete on a county wide basis, outside of their regular league Competition.
In May of 2000, AFC Codsall became the first Beacon League side to reach the final, narrowly losing out 1-0 to Barley Mow Rangers. Three years later, first division Champions Tipton Town Sports made their way to Ray Hall Lane but also went home empty handed after a heartbreaking 5-3 extra time defeat against Folly Lane BCOB.
The 2004/5 campaign proved a momentous one, as both finalists this year would come from the league. Perton Village and Nacro battled out a tight affair, with Perton coming out on top to become the first league representatives to win the elusive trophy following a 2-1 success.
The success of these two outfits set the standard for others to follow...and they didn't dissapoint! After a gap of three years, AFC Codsall laid the ghost to rest of their 2000 final heartache to triumph over a very strong Bilston Market Tavern side from the Wolverhampton and District Sunday League.
Beacon League's domination of the Competition continued and the following three years saw Pensnett Panthers claim the prize in 2009. The 2010 Final again featured two of our representatives, with Castle Youth ending the hopes of Oakdale Social after a ten-goal extra time thriller. The following year, Castle retained the trophy with a 2-1 success over opponents Beaufort United.
The league's recent domination of the Competition led to a review of entrants and in 2011 it was decided that only our first division clubs would be permitted to enter the Competition, with teams from the Premier division now competing in the Sunday Vase.
(pictured above) Adam Pritchard, captain of Perton Village, lifts the trophy after victory over Nacro in 2005.